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Fourth of July Button Winner

Fourth of July Button Winner

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By: Chelsea Priest

Zoe Fournier-Swire has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember so it was just natural for her to enter this year's contest for the Bristol Fourth of July commemorative button. She says, "I thought of things in Bristol, I thought of the ocean and the bridge by the ocean."

What she came up with for her entry was The Mt.Hope Bridge with the American Flag, following the rules of only using red, white and blue colored pencils. Then came the news that she won! She says, "
I got really really excited, because my mom didn't tell me when we went and I thought we were there just to see who won that year."

The design contest has been going on since 1989. The first three years were designed by the souvenir committee, but then they made a change, opening up the contest to all Bristol students grade K-12. The souvenir committee then judges the entries and chooses winners from each grade group and an overall winner. Dudley Hallagan, Co-Chairman of the Souvenir Committee and also Treasurer of the Fourth of July Committee explains, "It's a blind contest,  so we don't know who enters." Which means, when the committee chose Zoe as this year's winner, they had no idea she was also the winner last year! Hallagan goes on, " I think it's awesome, she's a two year winner which is unusual and we haven't had many of those over the last 26 years."

The buttons are sold for $1.00 at all the Fourth of July events and at some local stores.
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